Making the Sausage

Here's some inside information, which may or may not be interesting at all. Maybe it'll be cool to read about for other cartoonist, but basically it's an overview of how I make a page for the book I'm working on right now. I chose this page because it doesn't really give anything away about the story. 

Step on, using a grid I measured out earlier I drag it into place for the porportions I'm working in, then over that grid I very loosley rough in where the characters will be placed with early dialogue. 

Then step 2: Using a Photoshop tool that replicates using a 2B pencil, I do my underdrawing over the rough thumbnails. 

Then step 2: Using a Photoshop tool that replicates using a 2B pencil, I do my underdrawing over the rough thumbnails. 

After I get that step in it's time for step 3: inking. I just use the preset Photoshop Pencil tool, mostly because it's simple, and looks nice. (I love the way Steve Wolfhard draws, and as far as I know he just uses the pencil tool.)

After I get that step in it's time for step 3: inking. I just use the preset Photoshop Pencil tool, mostly because it's simple, and looks nice. (I love the way Steve Wolfhard draws, and as far as I know he just uses the pencil tool.)

Then the final step. Apply a layer of 60% Black ink, and carve the white out of the drawing and then I end up with my final page. 

Then the final step. Apply a layer of 60% Black ink, and carve the white out of the drawing and then I end up with my final page. 

Voila! This process is me simplifying my workflow as much as possible. I try and do all the horrible thinking work early and well, so the manual labor part is as mindless as possible. At my current pace I can crank out like 10 pages of this a week, but I can feel my brain turning to mush, and I'm not sure I can keep it up. Hopefully this book will be available in a book store near year in 2018!!  -Bjorn

Voila! This process is me simplifying my workflow as much as possible. I try and do all the horrible thinking work early and well, so the manual labor part is as mindless as possible. At my current pace I can crank out like 10 pages of this a week, but I can feel my brain turning to mush, and I'm not sure I can keep it up. Hopefully this book will be available in a book store near year in 2018!! 

-Bjorn